A population like foster youth fits the bill. Data shows that youth in the foster care system — who total around 400,000 — are at greater risk for incarceration, unemployment, low educational achievement, poverty, homelessness, and mental health problems.The Works Wonders initiative fills the gap between traditional workforce development programs and employers to help foster youth not only get but keep jobs so they can move up the socioeconomic ladder. It provides foster youth, ages 16 to 21, access to skills training, career coaching, experiential learning opportunities like internships and job shadowing, and job placement. It also supports them as they progress in their education or jobs, turning them toward potential careers.“[The program has] been wonderful for me,” said Tobias Bear, a former Works Wonders participant who is now a student at Roger Williams University and a member of Foster Forward’s Youth Leadership Training & Empowerment Board. “The program gave me a lot of life skills. It’s helped me [become] the person I am today.”“Rhode Island’s Works Wonders is an exemplar of how a range of stakeholders can come together to identify and meet the needs of an underserved group,” said Stephen Goldsmith, Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the director of the Innovations in American Government Program.“The award selection committee was unanimous in voting for Works Wonders as this year’s winner,” Goldsmith said. “This particular program, which has done so much good to help young adults get jobs and move on as productive citizens of the state of Rhode Island, is the most extraordinary program we have seen in a long time.” The Ash Center for the Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) has named Works Wonders, a job-training and placement initiative for foster youth in Rhode Island, as this year’s winner of its Innovations in American Government Award.Works Wonders won the award, which comes with a $50,000 prize, for its success in combating socioeconomic inequality and expanding opportunities to foster youth who have aged out of or are on the verge of aging out of state care. A recent study showed that participants in the program have an 83 percent completion rate and a 58 percent increase in employment compared with foster youth not participating in the program. The initiative is part of Foster Forward, a Rhode Island nonprofit that supports foster youth and families.“Works Wonders is an outstanding program that helps foster kids in Rhode Island reach their full potential,” said the state’s governor, Gina Raimondo ’93. “Through a partnership with two state agencies and Foster Forward, Rhode Island is meeting a crucial need for a population that is too often underserved.”Raimondo accepted the award at a ceremony on Wednesday at the state house in Providence.The Ash Center’s award recognizes models of government innovation that help address some of nation’s most pressing public concerns. This year’s cycle focused on initiatives that had success creating prosperity and opportunity for people often left behind in communities. The Works Wonders program provides foster youth, ages 16 to 21, access to skills training, career coaching, experiential learning opportunities like internships and job shadowing, and job placement. Fostering a dream Related Kim Snodgrass has a plan to help other foster children thrive
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is suspending some of the terrorism sanctions that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo imposed on Yemen’s Houthi rebels in his waning days in office. The Treasury Department said Monday that it would exempt certain transactions involving the Houthis from those sanctions until the end of February. The move follows harsh criticism of Pompeo’s designation of the Iran-backed Houthis as a “foreign terrorist organization” by the U.N. and relief organizations. Critics said Pompeo’s January 10 designation would bar aid deliveries to civilians in the war-torn nation. Treasury’s action Monday allows aid groups and others to do business temporarily with entities owned by the Houthis.
G. Love goes the guest-heavy route for his new album “The Juice,” which will be released on January 17. Produced by Grammy-winning blues ace Keb’ Mo’, the record still finds Love—real name Garrett Dutton—blending free-flowing hip-hop lyricism with foundational American roots music styles. But on his latest, the Philadelphia native gets instrumental assists from some well-established guitar heroes, including Robert Randolph, Roosevelt Collier, and Marcus King. A supporting tour with Love’s longtime band, the Special Sauce, hits the Firmament in Greenville, S.C., “Mystic Familiar” On the heels of his gonzo fuzz-rock album “Sound and Fury” Sturgill Simpson is bringing his guitar-heavy live show to arenas this winter. With his latest release, the Grammy-winning outlaw country revivalist took on an extreme creative deviation from his expected Kentucky twang, delivering a record filled with distorted riffs and intense synth textures. The album soundtracked and was released in conjunction with a Netflix-released Japanese anime film of the same name that Simpson produced. On the upcoming winter tour, Simpson will be joined by fellow Kentucky troubadour Tyler Childers. Regional dates: U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, N.C., on February 22-23, Knoxville Civic Coliseum in Knoxville, Tenn., on February 25-26, Rupp Arena in Lexington Ky., on February 28, and Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Va., on March 13. “The Juice” The stalwart Southern country-rock outfit will return with their first LP since the politically charged 2016 effort “American Band.” Due on January 31, “The Unraveling” continues on a similar thematic path, casting a weary eye at the state of the union since the last Presidential election. As Truckers member Patterson Hood recently put it: “If the last one was a warning shot hinting at a coming storm, this one was written in the wreckage and aftermath.” “The Unraveling” The new effort was recorded at the historic Sam Philips Recording Service in Memphis with production help from the band’s longtime collaborator David Barbe. Lead single “Armageddon’s Back in Town” is a rumbling rocker that features Hood howling personal lyrics about feeling disillusioned in chaotic times. Title TBD Sturgill Simpson Takes Arenas “Is It You, Is It Me” Plenty of great new albums are on the horizon in the new year. Check out five of our new favorites. Nathaniel Rateliff is returning to his roots as a folksinger. Nathaniel Rateliff is returning to his roots as a folksinger. The Denver-based music hero gained widespread acclaim fronting his powerful soul outfit the Night Sweats, but prior to starting that band in 2015 he released three acoustic-based albums under his own name. In late November he announced a cross-country solo trek called the And It’s Still Alright Tour that will support a still-untitled new album and feature Rateliff performing songs from his entire discography by himself and with a new backing band. The tour includes stops at the Tabernacle in Atlanta on March 21 and the High Water Festival in Charleston, S.C., on April 18-19. Nathaniel Rateliff G. Love The Black Crowes Are Back This high-energy roots-blending crew—known for throwing rowdy hoedowns that incorporate old-time foot-stompers and vintage swing tunes—streamlines things a bit on latest album “Is It You, Is It Me,” which was produced by Sam Kassirer (Lake Street Dive, Josh Ritter) and will be released on January 31. The Los Angeles-based group is now down two members to a sextet, and accordingly its sound is lean and focused, particularly on lead single “Enemy,” which features a bouncy pop arrangement that buoys a stark message about bucking partisan divisiveness. Dustbowl Revival Drive-By Truckers Also dropping new music on January 31, Baltimore-based electronic composer Dan Deacon, who returns with “Mystic Familiar,” his first new full-length project in five years. Known for creating idiosyncratic synth-pop, which often incorporates audience-inclusive performance art during live shows, Deacon spent the latter half of the last decade working on film scores and collaborating with NYCBallet choreographer Justin Peck. His latest effort takes inspiration from Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies creative approach, resulting in an album that’s both sonically adventurous and existentially reflective. An early preview track, “Sat By a Tree,” is a blissfully glitchy meditation on life’s fragility. Dan Deacon on February 4. After seven years the Black Crowes will reunite this summer to embark on a massive amphitheater tour that features the band performing its debut album “Shake Your Money Maker” in its entirety. Brothers Rich and Chris Robinson have seemingly put years of public feuding and well-documented acrimony behind them. They’re also setting aside the jam band leanings the band had adopted by the time it last performed in 2013. Chris Robinson has been quoted in recent interviews saying the band’s beloved tunes like “Jealous Again” will be delivered as they were conceived, with concise, hard-hitting rock arrangements. The Atlanta-born group has plenty of Southern stops scheduled, including Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta on June 27, PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte, N.C., on July 3, Coastal Credit Union Music Park in Raleigh, N.C., on July 4, and Veteran United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach on July 10.
Matteo Guendouzi has not featured for Arsenal since his clash with Neal Maupay back in June (Picture: Getty)Arsenal appear to have missed out on their No.1 midfield target Houssem Aouar and have struggled to find the funds required to activate Thomas Partey’s Atletico Madrid release clause. AdvertisementAdvertisementArteta also sanctioned the loan departure of Lucas Torreira to Atletico this week, but despite the paucity of options he currently has in central midfield, the 38-year-old has also given the green light to Guendouzi’s exit. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalHertha, who attempted to sign Granit Xhaka back in January shortly after the Switzerland international clashed with his own fans during a tempestuous draw against Crystal Palace, will pay the entirety of Guendouzi’s wages but will not be required to pay a loan fee. By contrast, Arsenal were forced to pay Real Madrid £4million to take Dani Ceballos back on loan for a second consecutive season, MORE: ‘Real shame’ – Arsenal legend Alan Smith reacts as Mikel Arteta fails in bid to sign Houssem AouarMORE: Mikel Arteta backs Arsenal board after missing out on Houssem Aouar transferFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal allow Matteo Guendouzi to leave on loan without receiving a fee Matteo Guendouzi has not featured at all for Arsenal this season (Picture: Getty)Matteo Guendouzi is set to leave Arsenal on loan and join Hertha Berlin, according to widespread reports.The France international joined the Gunners two years ago from Lorient as a virtual unknown after he was recommended by the club’s former head of recruitment Sven Mislintat.Guendouzi, who cost just £7.25m, made an immediate impression under Unai Emery and established a reputation as one of Europe’s most exciting young midfield talents. The 21-year-old struggled to win the total confidence of Emery’s successor, Mikel Arteta, however, and fell foul of the former Arsenal captain’s ‘non-negotiables’. ADVERTISEMENTGuendouzi attracted the ire of his manager following a disciplinary breach during a warm weather training camp in Dubai earlier this year and has been frozen out of the first team picture entirely since he clashed with and taunted Brighton’s Neal Maupay back in June. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 4 Oct 2020 11:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.8kShares Comment Advertisement Advertisement
Asia Pacific Report 31 January 2018Family First Comment: Another excellent commentary – this time from a legal perspective. Make a submission against euthanasia – www.protect.org.nzTwo years ago, the Parliamentary Health Select Committee investigating public attitudes to euthanasia and assisted suicide in New Zealand received a total of 21,000 submissions, 16,000 (80 percent) of which were opposed to their introduction into New Zealand law.Last December, however, our Parliament voted through ACT Party leader David Seymour’s End Of Life Choice Bill at its first reading, 76-44. Seymour’s Bill is now before another Select Committee, which has called for public submissions to be filed no later than February 20.What is Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill?The Bill seeks to legalise in New Zealand the killings by doctors of patients, if a patient requests it (euthanasia). It will also legalise doctors helping their patients to commit suicide (assisted suicide, or, as Seymour calls it, “assisted dying”).Both of these acts have been crimes under New Zealand law for as long as we have been a country – the crimes of murder and of aiding and abetting a suicide.If passed into law, the End of Life Choice Bill will allow any New Zealander who is diagnosed with a terminal illness likely to cause their death within 6 months, and who experiences “unbearable suffering” (self-defined by the person), to ask to be killed by a doctor or to be given medication enabling them to take their own life.This “terminal illness” criterion is the one that we hear most about in the media, but it’s not the only criterion in the proposed law.READ MORE: https://asiapacificreport.nz/2018/01/31/richard-mcleod-make-our-voices-known-against-the-euthanasia-bill/
Promoted ContentWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human Being7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeThe Best Cars Of All Time8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts The Blues though currently observing a lockdown forced on the globe by the Covid-19 pandemic nonetheless took to their Instagram to send 33 hearty cheers to their worthy ambassador who gave his all while at the Bridge.”33 today! Have a great birthday, @Mikel_John_Obi! ” said the Frank Lampard tutored side. Mikel did not only make an impressive run of his premier league career but also left his foot on the sand of history at the national level where he became the most capped Nigerian midfielder in history earning 90 caps, making two world cup and five Nations cup appearances. Mikel parted ways with Trabzonspor of covid-19 call Mikel who last played for Turkish side Trabzonspor, recently parted ways with the club after his call for the Turkish league to be suspended following the rampaging effect of coronavirus was taking in bad light by club management. Read alsoCovid-19: Mikel distributes 1800 crates of eggs in Nigeria The said league and in fact all leagues and sports activities has since been put in the cooler as covid-19 continues to dictate what should and should not be. May and June have tentatively been penciled down for possible return of sports activities but no one can say for sure that the dates are realizable as the world continues to chase for the cure. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former Super Eagles Captain John Obi Mikel clocked 33 Wednesday, confederation of African Football (CAF) and former club Chelsea did not allow the suffocating worry of covid-19 allow them forget to congratulate the former Trabzonspor midfielder. As it is customary for the Continental body to regularly remember football greats in the continent, CAF did not only say “Happy birthday to Nigeria’s retired midfielder john Obi Mikel” on its twitter handle, but also backed the post with a short catalogue of his achievements” Birthday boy Mikel had impressive run with super eagles *Former national team captain *2013 #TotalAFCON winner *Three third-place medals” The former Tiajin Teda of china midfielder spent most of his playing career at Chelsea where he did not only impress for over a decade at the Stamford Bridge but also won several laurels for his effort including the prestigious Europa and Champions league playing alongside some of the best players in the world in the process.Advertisement Loading…
The Argentine striker is the name on everyone’s lips in Spain as Barca consider activating his €111m release clause. That would not be a wise move according to Rosell, who says that he “would not sign Lautaro for €11m.” “I would sign Neymar [instead], he’s the best after Messi,” he continued. He did concede that the price for the forward could be lowered by including players in exchange, as has clearly been Barca’s strategy since the start, but at the full fee he doesn’t think Martinez is a wise move.Advertisement Loading… Ex-president of Barcelona Sandro Rosell loves to get his name in the papers by talking about the club’s transfer plans, and given the businessman has a new book out, it’s no surprise to see him in Mundo Deportivo talking about the attempts to sign Lautaro Martinez this summer. Barcelona want Lautaro Martinez but may be forced to explore other transfer targets Read Also: Messi expresses heartbreak over Copa America postponement It’s certainly an expensive one, and a risky one in this summer which could see very limited liquidity in the transfer market. On the subject of Neymar – who he signed for the club the first time in 2013 – he insisted that while he would make him sign two contracts – one for football and one of “commitment”, after the Brazilian walked away from the club in 2017 when PSG triggered his own release clause. — FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime9 Iconic Roles That Got Rejected By World Famous ActorsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now
Moscow, July 4: The Round-of -16 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup finished on Tuesday night and with two days without football before the first of the quarterfinals, here are a few things the past four frantic and entertaining days have taught us, says Xinhua news agency.1.Passing isn’t everythingSpain went out after losing a penalty shootout to hosts Russia after 120 minutes in which they completed over 1,000 passes — a new World Cup record. Yet the only goal the Spanish scored was an own goal following a set piece. Possession at times seemed to be an end in itself, rather than a means to an end. Way too often a Spanish player would check and move horizontally rather than look to move into space, making it easy for a brave but limited Russia side to pack their defence and hang on for a penalty shootout which had a feeling of inevitability about it.2.Belgium: It pays to be positiveThere were 30 seconds left on the clock when Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois caught the ball in his area. Most keepers would have been happy to clutch it to their chest to let a few seconds pass to ensure extra time. Courtois had other thoughts, however, rolling the ball out to Kevin de Bruyne who ran almost the full length of the pitch to start the move which led to Nacer Chadli scoring the goal that beat Japan 3-2. Maybe the Spanish should take note; sometimes speed and speed of thought are important, and it pays to be positive.3.Mbappe: New world number one?This World Cup is now without Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo; the two players who have dominated world football for over a decade now. With Messi now 31 and Ronaldo 33, this World Cup could show us who will pick up the torch. Harry Kane’s goals and leadership make him a candidate, but for sheer footballing thrills the torch may be headed for France’s 19-year-old Kylian M’bappe, who won a penalty in France’s 4-3 victory against Argentina and became the first teenager to score twice in a World Cup finals game. It was a breathtaking display of pace and skill that implies he could just be the next great superstar.4.Messi: No man can be an island at the World CupArgentina flirted with disaster in the group stage and although hopes were high that they could improve after beating Nigeria in the group stage, it was not to be. An impressive France side made Argentina’s weaknesses all too clear and with Messi out of form and surrounded by players who are simply not good enough to win a World Cup, defeat seemed inevitable. A great player can carry a team some of the time, but against the best in the world, reality is going to hit you sooner rather than later.5.The world may end; England won a penalty shootout.England do not win penalty shootouts. It’s clear that something important has happened and that the natural order of the world has changed, maybe we should start preparing for the end of the world… or maybe Gareth Southgate has been able to change the mindset of this young England side. Southgate’s men have approached this World Cup with hope rather than the fear that has dogged other campaigns. (IANS)
Payments were due after Euro 2020 but are now sending much-needed cash to clubs after the coronavirus outbreak forced the tournament to be postponed by one year.The highest-earning club will get 630,000 euros ($680,000) calculated pro rata per player named on a national team’s match sheet. That club was not identified.UEFA says 2.7 million euros ($2.9 million) of the money will go to clubs after the 16-nation Euro 2020 playoffs later this year.Players selected for the Euro 2020 tournament will earn at least 130 million euros ($140 million) more for their clubs from UEFA.___ The Johnson family and the Jets last month made a joint $1 million donation to multiple local United Way agencies to help combat the pandemic.The latest contribution, announced by the Jets on Thursday, will provide funding to the Food Bank of New York City, the EMS FDNY Help Fund, the Community Food Bank of NJ and the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.“No region in the country has been impacted by COVID-19 more than ours and despite that, our resolve has only grown,” Johnson said in a statement. “These organizations continue to nourish the vulnerable and target the needs of those on our front lines. At no time has been being a good teammate ever been valued more.”The $1 million contribution from the Johnsons and the Jets last month supported the United Way of New York City’s COVID-19 Community Fund, the United Way of Northern New Jersey’s ALICE Recovery Fund and the United Way of Long Island’s United Together: A Response Fund for COVID-19.___ Associated Press UEFA’s own club competitions remain incomplete.___German soccer could resume on May 9 if regional politicians sign off on the league’s plan.The state governors of Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia have said May 9 would be acceptable but other state officials have signaled they would prefer the middle or end of May.League CEO Christian Seifert says “if the state governors and the federal government decide that this day is May 9, then we would be ready on May 9.” The decree signed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban says the wage cuts can be implemented for as long as the state of emergency declared because of the coronavirus pandemic remains in effect.Hungarian lawmakers approved a state of emergency on March 30 without an end-date. That gave the government the right to rule by decree on issues related to the pandemic for as long as it considers it necessary.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 West Ham manager David Moyes has been delivering fruit and vegetables to elderly residents in his village during soccer’s lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak.The former Manchester United coach says he saw a sign in the window of a local shop asking for volunteers to be delivery drivers.Moyes answered the call and says “all I was doing was dropping (the packages) at the door, knocking and then going away. It was beautiful big boxes of fruit and veg.”He also had to ask some residents for payment if they hadn’t done so online.Moyes says one incident “with this particular older lady, I think it was 16.80 pounds ($20.70) for one box of fruit and veg. She gave me a 20-pound note and said, ‘Here son, just keep the change.’” Churchill Downs will recognize the first Saturday in May with a “Kentucky Derby at Home” online party, highlighted by a virtual Derby featuring 13 former Triple Crown winners in an effort to raise $2 million for COVID-19 relief.The 146th Kentucky Derby was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5 because of public health concerns about pandemic, the first time horse racing’s marquee event won’t run on its traditional day since 1945. The computer-generated Derby created by Inspired Entertainment will feature past Triple Crown champions using data algorithms, including historical handicapping information for each horse to determine the probability of potential finishing positions.“Our fans will be captivated by the realistic view of the virtual race,” Churchill Downs president Kevin Flanery said in a release, “and we can debate, as we do each year, our favorite to win.”Fans can choose their horse on www.KentuckyDerby.com starting April 30 and donate to COVID-19 relief efforts. Churchill Downs will match donations up to $1 million for the Team Kentucky Fund and Direct Relief.Participants who choose the winner will have the chance to win a Kentucky Derby VIP Experience. The virtual Derby will be shown May 2 on NBC during a special broadcast featuring the 2015 Kentucky Derby, when American Pharoah began his Triple Crown run. The Latest: NY Jets chairman donates $2M for virus relief The Premier League has been suspended since March 13. That was the day after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for the virus.Moyes had to self-isolate after that because he had come into close contact with Arteta days earlier.___It’s still not clear when baseball or soccer will resume in Japan but it will likely be without fans when it does.That was the decision when the heads of Japanese professional baseball and soccer met in online meetings. April 23, 2020 Seifert says games could be held with a limit of 213 people in the stadium and up to 109 in the surrounding area.___UEFA is sharing almost 70 million euros ($75.5 million) among 676 clubs that released players for European Championship qualifiers and Nations League games in the past two years.UEFA says it’s releasing the money early to help “in light of the current crisis and the financial difficulties many clubs are facing” during the coronavirus pandemic.A long-standing agreement between UEFA and the European Club Association guarantees clubs at least 200 million euros (216 million) from Euro 2020 revenues to compensate for releasing players to national duty in the 2018-20 cycle. The German anti-doping agency says it plans to test soccer players if the season resumes in empty stadiums.NADA spokeswoman Eva Bunthoff tells The Associated Press the agency has “developed concepts” for urine and blood tests at games.The German league hopes to resume next month after a two-month shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.Bunthoff adds the agency is talking with the German soccer federation and the men’s league. She says “most important are the security measures to make sure there is a proper prevention system in place to prevent infections with the virus.“___ ___UEFA says it will allow leagues to determine the final places for Champions League and Europa League qualification on “sporting merit” if they can’t resume during the coronavirus pandemic.The governing body of European soccer says qualification from a “prematurely terminated domestic competition” can be rejected if “there is a public perception of unfairness in the qualification of the club.”UEFA says it is ideal for countries to complete seasons but acknowledges that might not be possible because of government orders banning sporting events.UEFA also accepts “insurmountable economic problems” could make finishing seasons “impossible because it would put at risk the long-term financial stability of the domestic competition and/or clubs.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___New York Jets chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson and his family are making an additional $2 million donation to support the COVID-19 relief response in New York and New Jersey. Japanese baseball commissioner Atsushi Saito says “my feelings that I want to start the season without spectators haven’t changed.”Baseball and soccer officials both agreed nothing could begin until a state of emergency was lifted in Japan. The earliest that can happen is May 6. They are expected to wait until that date before moving forward.The J-League’s top two soccer divisions were suspended in February. Japanese baseball played some preseason games without fans before all play was stopped.___Three more Diamond League meetings will not go ahead as scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The switch was made after UEFA and the IOC decided last month on one-year postponements for Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics. Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden will play in the women’s soccer tournament at the Olympics.Wembley Stadium in London will stage both the men’s and women’s European finals.UEFA says the rescheduled women’s tournament will retain the same 10 stadiums. It opens with England playing at Old Trafford in Manchester.___A decree issued by the Hungarian government allows most professional sports clubs and soccer teams to cut the salaries of players and other personnel like managers and trainers by up to 70%. Public gatherings are banned in France until at least mid-July but Maracineanu says they could be extended until “at least September.”Maracineanu is a former Olympic swimmer. She says “it wouldn’t be the end of the world” if the Tour de France has to be canceled.___UEFA has postponed next year’s women’s European Championship soccer tournament to July 2022.The UEFA executive committee decided the new dates for the 16-nation tournament in England will be July 6-31. French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu says the resumption of sporting events in the country is not among the government’s priorities.France is locked down until May 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic and speculation has increased recently as to whether the country’s soccer league could resume in late June.Maracineanu says “what’s certain is that sports won’t take priority in our society.”The Tour de France cycling race has been rescheduled to start Aug. 29 and end Sept. 20. The final day coincides with the same day the rescheduled French Open tennis tournament is to begin.Maracineanu was speaking in an interview with Eurosport television on Wednesday night. She says leagues could potentially start in September or have their remaining games canceled altogether. There are 10 league games left to play in France’s top two soccer leagues. Rugby’s Top 14 league has reached the semifinal stage. ___German clubs are being urged not to bank on ticket sales for much of next season.League CEO Christian Seifert says “we don’t know if there will be games without fans in February or March still. We asked the club to plan without spectator income for the first part of next season.”German clubs are hoping to resume games next month after a two-month shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic and to finish in time for many players’ contracts to end June 30. But a restart needs agreement from regional governments.Seifert says most of the league’s broadcast partners have agreed to pay up front to help clubs continue operating until the end of June. Some of that money may have to be paid back if the 2019-20 season can’t be finished. The Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, on June 7 and the meet in Paris on June 13 have both postponed with no new dates set. The Bislett Games in Oslo on June 11 will be rebranded as the Impossible Games and turned into an exhibition event.The first nine scheduled events of the 15-meet season have all now either been postponed, rescheduled or downgraded. The Anniversary Games in London on July 4 are now the earliest scheduled competition of the season.There is a larger window to reschedule meets in the second half of the year because the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to 2021.Organizers said the meet in Oslo would still offer prize money from a $50,000 contribution by World Athletics. It will feature 400-meter hurdles world champion Karsten Warholm attempting a world record in the rarely raced 300 hurdles.___
The news caused a slight delay on the second day as the teams rallied to offer their support and condolences.Team Muller however had enough depth and resilience to complete the routing of fellow newcomers Team VGC Lions.In Ibadan and Abuja, Team Kalotari and Team Civil Defence won their ties to ensure a make or break tie for the second semifinal place when they meet in Port Harcourt on October 29.Team Kalotari beat Team Oluyole 7-0 in Ibadan while Team Civil Defence defeated Team Optiweb of Ilorin 6-1 in Abuja.Emmanuel Sunday and Christian Paul of Team Kalotari won the singles matches on the first day by defeating Ganiyu Salami (2-6, 6-4, 6-0) and Wale Sampson ( 6-2, 6-3) respectively. Blessing Samuel had very little resistance from Colleen Orji whom she defeated 6-2, 6-2 in the ladies’ singles. Ikechukwu Iloputa then paired Sunday to defeat the pair of Salami and Kunle Bamidele 6-3, 6-3.A change of players by team Oluyole on the second day did not make any difference as Paul outclassed Ismail Adeshina 6-0, 6-1 and Sunday bested Wasiu Ibrahim 6-1, 6-2 in the reverse singles. The mixed doubles pair of Samuel and Paul completed the sweep by defeating the Team Oluyole pair of Orji and Sampson 6-2, 6-1.Team Civil Defence dropped one match when Nonso Madueke, leading by a set but trailing 5-2 to Uche Oparaoji in the reverse singles, scratched because he was feeling unwell.The Abuja-based team had however already secured the tie on opening day with Madueke defeating Emmanuel Ikakah 6-1, 6-3 and Abdulmumuni Babalola beating Oparaoji 6-2, 6-4 in the men’s singles: Christie Agugbom dispatching Ngozi Dirisu 6-0, 6-1 and the pair of Babalola and Michael Chima beating Isaac Emeruwa and Henry John 6-4, 6-4.Clifford Enosoregbe stepped up to win the second reverse singles against Emeruwa 6-1, 6-0 while Babalola and Agugbom paired to win the mixed doubles match against Oluchi Ozurumba and John 6-1, 6-3.The fourth set of round robin matches will be concluded with White Group matches taking place in Lagos, Kaduna and Ado-Ekiti this weekend.In Lagos, the fast improving CBN Futures team will host Team Tech Vibe of Jos at the National Stadium Surulere; in Kaduna, Team Offikwu will host Team Goshen of Ilorin at the Murtala Square while Team Yetade of Ado-Ekiti will take on Team Ndoma- Egba of Abuja at the Trade Fair Complex.All ties will, as usual start at 10 am on Saturday and Sunday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram NCC TENNIS LEAGUETeam Muller over the weekend in Lagos defeated Team VGC Lions 7-0 to secure a semifinal place in the ongoing NCC Tennis League with only one round-robin match outstanding in the Blue Group. This was despite the sad news of Muller team member, Emmanuel Idoko, losing his parents the same week of the tie.Idoko, who has proved to be a dependable support for the outstanding Joseph Imeh, lost his mother on the Tuesday preceding the tie but showed up for his match on Saturday against Martins Abamu which he won 7-5, 6-1 only to get home to be confronted with the news of the demise of his father.